One of the best sports writers in the country is ESPN's Wright Thompson. Thompson is a New York Times best selling author and his work with ESPN has included long form articles along with 30 for 30 films like The Ghosts Of Ole Miss. One of my personal favorites was his piece on Heisman Trophy wininng quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2013.

Recently, Thompson provided the voice over work to describe how different college football will look and feel for fans in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thompson's new book is called  PAPPYLAND: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last. The book tells the story of the legendary Pappy Van Winkle Kentucky bourbon brand. The book follows the story of Julian Van Winkle III and his quest to continue his family legacy and more.

Thompson loved sharing stories about his time in Schenectady with former NBA player, coach, and now Miami Heat executive Pat Riley. It is very likely you will know many of the local places Thompson references during his time on 104.5 The Team earlier this week.

To hear those stories and more on his new book, Pappyland  listen to the complete interview from Levack and Goz, on the audio tab below

You can begin your holiday shopping early by buying a copy of Wright Thompson's book on Pat Riley and other sports figures called The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business which is available on Amazon now

Plus you can check out a long form piece from Wright Thompson from 2017 with references to Schenectady here


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